Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album has earned another placement in Billboard history. Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon has become the longest-running No. 1 record on the Top Rap Albums chart after spending 20 weeks in the top position. With his latest accomplishment, the late emcee takes the title from Eminem’s Recovery, which held the No. 1 spot for 19 weeks in 2010-11.
Behind the now-No. 2 Recovery album is Drake’s classic Take Care, which spent 16 weeks at No. 1, followed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist (13 weeks) and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, which topped the chart for 11 weeks.
Along with his Top Rap Albums feat, Pop Smoke is inching toward the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums crown. Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon has currently spent more weeks at No. 1 on that chart than any album since 1990. He’s also surpassed Michael Jackson’s iconic Bad and Prince’s legendary Purple Rain. Pop now only trails MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt Em, which strung together the most weeks back in 1990.
Although Pop Smoke snatched a record away from Eminem, Marshall was still able to re-insert himself into the history books, as Slim Shady’s 2005 LP Curtain Call has become the first album to spend an entire decade on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Though the Brooklyn emcee made his entry into hip hop with drill music, he surprised fans with the versatility of the songs on his debut project. He also planned to make his mark in Hollywood, landing a role in his first-ever movie, Eddie Huang’s Boogie.
Unfortunately, Pop was tragically killed in February 2020 during a home invasion. He was 20 years old at the time of his sudden demise.